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Byzantium (2012)

 -  Drama | Fantasy | Horror  -  31 May 2013 (UK)
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Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort.

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Gareth
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Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence. Written by Production

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Rated R for bloody violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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£8,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,643 (USA) (28 June 2013)

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$84,293 (USA) (2 August 2013)
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Neil Jordan considered his frequent collaborator Stephen Rea to play Savella, but Rea was busy and Jordan had taken a strong liking the presence and voice of Uri Gavriel and cast him instead. See more »

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[first lines]
Eleanor: My story can never be told. I write it over and over, wherever we find shelter. I write of what I cannot speak: the truth. I write all I know of it, then I throw that pages to the wind. Maybe the birds can read it.
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The Unquiet Grave
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Please, Hollywood, take note...
7 June 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

... This is how to make a vampire film.

I find it difficult to fault this film. The plot is intelligent and engaging. No one is entirely black or white. The heroes are flawed and complicated, the villains, for the most part, have motivation and even sympathy. I found myself rooting for the murderous, vampiric prostitute as much for the innocent girl trapped into releasing those tired of life.

It's really two films, one set 200 hundred years ago, one in the present time, with many of the same characters and the same location, Hastings, once a fishing village, now a tired seaside resort.

The actors are very good, particularly the leads. As a resident of SE England, I recognised many of the locations. The ending was perhaps a little predictable, but still satisfying.

Don't go see this if you like your vampires to sparkle, but if you liked Let The Right One In and gritty drama, go watch it.


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Totally unrealistic.. newstar877
Caleb Landry Jones' accent? NeilRamjee
Eleanor had such a BIG MOUTH!! I wanted to slap her! hedgejones
Why does Clara still talk and act like someone from the 1820s? s_campanale
Hollywood needs to stop naming things after unrelated events yo_el_padrino-982-288755
How much did Eleanor really know about the danger she was in? blakkdog
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